Grateful Dead Live at Avalon Ballroom on 1969-01-26
Material from this date (The Eleven > Lovelight) also appeared on Live Dead- go buy it!
SBD adjustments on the first Cryptical Envelopment.
Splice in Dark Star at 8:12. Resumes just before the second verse.
Some files were not cut on sector boundries... they were fixed using shntool and a new md5 checksum file was made. The sector boundries were the only reason the files are now named as "fixed." (12/14/00)
Subject: Dark Star crashes...
The Question to my mind is 'Was the band on?'
And certainly the band is ON this night.
One could say the Avalon time issue and recording for LIVE DEAD really help the band just nail what they got to get done.
A later day version of this would be the recording, TRANSITIVE NIGHTFALL OF DIAMONDS... from the Byrne arena. The Second Set for that show was so tight that you knew the Dead had a set list and a plan and they just nailed it.
Now does that mean this is always the best route for the DEAD, definitely NOT. Shows like Veneta 72
are great because they are organized chaos.
Well anyway this is like a large slice of LIVE DEAD and for me this was always the gold standard of what I dreamed of the night before a show.
Subject: The Eleven
Start with The Eleven, then whatever happens after that, it's up to you!
Subject: Any Help Would Be Appreciated
oh yah, and the Eleven>Lovelight ain't to shabby either ;-)
Subject: Who's organ?
Subject: The Dead!
Subject: My sweet...
But in addition to all that, check out Phil and Bobby hitting Spoonful at exactly 9:15 into Lovelight, and Phil giving the take your hands out of your pockets invocation at 10:15!
Thanks archive and GOGD.
Subject: The mix and recoding make a five star show a three
Subject: William Tell
Subject: Great Show
Subject: a very nice show
The short Dark Star is played by Jerry at a pace unsustainable in much longer versions, impressive but not my favorite version because it feels like it's all Jerry. There seems to be a shift in tone right before "mirror shatters..." which makes me wonder if the recording was cut. Clementine has a jam that evolves to a two minutes stretch where ignoring the organ you can close your eyes and pretend it's 1975 and listening to Help on the Way...starting somewhere around the seven minute mark. I'm wondering if anyone else thinks this. Phil is great.
St Stephen is well played as it always seemed to be this year. Funny how later in life Jerry didn't like Stephen because when the band was off you'd hear it in this song...it didn't seem to happen at all in 1969.
this 3 day stand marks the Dead's first recordings done in 16-track, something they were using to produce Live Dead (Eleven & Lovelight appear on record), the sound quality is really good.
Subject: Clementine is my psychedelic fantasy
Subject: Oh yes!
Still a great set of 1969 dead.
Subject: Peak Dead
Subject: these are the live dead sessions from the eleven to love light
Subject: The Dead Dont Have No Mercy
Subject: All in All Good
The Clemintine is vastly different to the versions played in early '68.
Well worth downloading!
Subject: nice clean sounding recording